“Gaëtan le Penhuel & Associés: Grands Formats” at La Galerie d’Architecture

Using films projected onto a large screen, Gaëtan le Penhuel & Associés present a selection of the most emblematic buildings they have delivered in recent years, together with a prospective project called «Les Monades Urbaines». This theoretical research, the fruit of architectural experience, travels around the world and dreams, provides an utopian but possible vision of how cities may evolve.

 

Les Monades Urbaines © Maison Générale

Les Monades Urbaines © Maison Générale

 

Gaëtan le Penhuel & Associés was created in 1994, following a successful proposal for a Europan 3 project in Reims, and now has around 20 staff. Having delivered several major projects, the architects  look back on the work through an exhibition at the Galerie d’Architecture, a selection of projects created by the studio in more than 20 years, some of which are presented in screenings of large format film segments. twinned with a special issue of the magazine Archistorm.

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“The Skywalk” tower in the mountains by Zdeněk Fránek Architects

“The Trail Among The Clouds” is a conceptual building which offers visitors an intense sensation of walking in the clouds and experience the space above the landscape. There are various attractions including a slide, nets and nests in the building for those who seek adventure or entertainment.

 

"The Skywalk" by Zdeněk Fránek Architects © Zdeněk Fránek Architects

“The Skywalk” by Zdeněk Fránek Architects © Zdeněk Fránek Architects

 

The entrance building is of a slightly oval shape much like a rowboat. Its construction is made of glued wooden beams set into a wooden grid supported by columns. The architectural approach was for the building to blend with it’s unique surrounding rather then to disturb it. This was the reason for using wood for the major part of the construction, and making the rails and mounts as subtle as possible. (more…)

New urban landmark for Charleroi by Ateliers Jean Nouvel

The Charleroi police headquarters has been installed in a blue tower building which is a reminder of the dark blue colours of the police force. The idea is to create a city scale landmark which is not too high, as a sort of dialogue with the City Hal belfry, and as a message stating that the police force services are open to all at all times.

 

© Filip DUJARDIN

© Filip DUJARDIN

 

Extract from the Press Realease by the architect, Ateliers Jean Nouvel.

Police and Dance, a pas de deux.

It is both strange and somehow stimulating to combine a police headquarters and a dance company on the same site. Urban districts move, cities change, we are in an era of transformation. In Charleroi, Belgium, we have built a new police headquarters and extended the Charleroi Danses buildings. These transformations were an opportunity to create a new urban space that can be reached from the street and that we wanted to be active and bustling. This is why a large brasserie was created at its heart, a place where users of the site and its neighbours can meet.

The Charleroi police headquarters has been installed in a blue tower building which is a reminder of the dark blue colours of the police force. The idea was to create a city scale landmark which is not too high, as a sort of dialogue with the City Hal belfry, and as a message stating that the police force services are open to all at all times. We installed the lobby in the extension to Charleroi Danses, it is a large red nomad tent that reminds of the lightness of dancers. Its vast terrace visible from the public area also underlines the permanence of this internationally reputed institution. The unexpected combination of the new Charleroi police headquarters, of Charleroi Danses, of a brasserie and a public square should create new urban poetry in the upper city.

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